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By Paul A. Lombardo

In 1907, Indiana handed the world's first involuntary sterilization legislations in accordance with the speculation of eugenics. In time, greater than 30 states and a dozen overseas nations swimsuit. even though the Indiana statute used to be later declared unconstitutional, different legislation limiting immigration and regulating marriage on "eugenic" grounds have been nonetheless in influence within the U.S. as past due because the Seventies. A Century of Eugenics in the US assesses the historical past of eugenics within the usa and its prestige within the age of the Human Genome undertaking. The essays discover the early help of obligatory sterilization through medical professionals and legislators; the implementation of eugenic schemes in Indiana, Georgia, California, Minnesota, North Carolina, and Alabama; the criminal and social demanding situations to sterilization; and the customers for a eugenics circulate basing its claims on glossy genetic technological know-how.

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Amos Butler of the Board of State Charities, John N. Hurty of the State Board of Health, and Sharp’s superior, William H. 15 Sharp first performed vasectomies on prisoners for therapeutic, not eugenic, effects. He intended to curb sexual activity, specifically masturbation, which scientists linked to general degeneracy and insanity. In 1907, the reform cadre decided to validate Sharp’s experimental vasectomy practice, but relied on eugenic arguments to drive the legisla- 30â•… · â•… J a s o n S .

Sharp to Marshall, May 13, 1909, Temporary File: Governor Marshall Papers in Regards to Sterilization, Indiana State Archives. ╇ William O’Keefee to Marshall, January 12, 1909, Temporary File: Governor Marshall Papers in Regards to Sterilization, Indiana State Archives; Jason S. Lantzer and Alexandra M. Stern, “Building a Fit Society: Indiana’s Eugenics Crusaders,” Traces of Indiana and Midwestern History 19 (Winter 2007): 4–11. ╇ H. E. Jordan, “Surgical Sex-Sterilization: Its Value as a Eugenic Measure,” American Journal of Clinical Medicine 20 (1913): 983–87.

Jason S. : University of Notre Dame Press, 2009). ╇ Alexandra Minna Stern, “We Cannot Make a Silk Purse Out of a Sow’s Ear”: Eugenics in the Hoosier Heartland,” Indiana Magazine of History 103 (March 2007): 3–38. ╇Diane B. : Humanity Books, 1995), 11. ╇ Robert M. Crunden, Ministers of Reform: The Progressives’ Achievement in American Civilization, 1889–1920 (Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 1984); La Reine Helen Baker, Race Improvement of Eugenics: A Little Book on a Great Subject (New York: Dodd, Mead, 1912), 108–11.

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